Hello everyone! We are UTIES, the University of Toronto International Environmental Studio, and we promote environmental awareness through different types of media.
We will post our event days and their themes for September and October shortly! Meetings will occur twice a month and you are welcome to submit your own art or come to join us for art/media appreciation.
We would like to showcase a renowned environmental artist each week and share a fun fact about them with all of you! This week, we would like to showcase Andy Goldsworthy! He focuses on the transience in life and nature as all of his art works are created from natural ecological artifacts. Once photographed, they are then taken apart and returned to nature. An example of his philosophy from his own website is this quote: "Movement, change, light growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I try to tap through my work. I need the shock of touch, the resistance of place, materials and weather, the earth as my source. I want to get under the surface. When I work with a leaf, rock, stick, it is not just that material itself, it is an opening into the processes of life within and around it. When I leave it, these processes continue."
If you would like to see some of his photographs, an album of some of his works is posted on our blog!
Fun fact: According to The Guardian, from the age of 13, Goldsworthy worked as a farm labourer. He has stated that the task of repetitively picking potatoes is like that of making his sculptures. For more of the article, read here! http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2007/mar/11/art.features3
If you would like more information about Goldsworthy, here is his personal website! http://www.ucblueash.edu/artcomm/web/w2005_2006/maria_Goldsworthy/TEST/index.html
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